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2012 PEACH JAM REPORT – DAY II (PART C)
By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday evening brought more 17U EYBL action to North Augusta with star players on every court in the facility. NBE had the chance to see its share of the action and here is who stood out to us.
Top Performer of the Night:
Moses Kingsley (Arkansas Wings 2013) – While already a well known name nationally, Kingsley outperformed his reputation in a victory over Cal Supreme. The 6’9” center was an absolute monster on the backboard and protecting the rim. Credited with 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, my eyes tell me that both of those numbers are a little bit low. In a game featuring highly touted big men like Marcus Lee, Torren Jones, and his teammate Bobby Portis, Kingsley was unquestionably the best big on the court. His defense has remained consistent but offensively is where he has really taken strides since the April live period. Kingsley was able to finish through contact, flashed good footwork on the block, and even showed a developing off the dribble game. If his offense is ever able to catch up to his prowess on the defensive end, Kingsley could challenge for top center in the 2013 class.
Sleeper Performance of the Night:
Youssoupha Kane (CP3 All Stars 2013) – At 6’10”, 215 pounds, Kane provides a big physical presence in the lane for CP3. Coming off the bench he tallied 7 points and 6 rebounds in only 8 minutes of court time with all of his damage coming right around the rim. Kane has excellent lateral movement and end to end speed for a player his size and combines them with a nonstop motor. His offense is limited to tip ins and dunks off feeds from teammates but even with only that he can be an effective player. Kane has the opportunity to become a priority for high major programs if he can tap into his considerable raw talent.
Jordan Matthews (Cal Supreme 2013) – Matthews knows what he is offensively and plays to his strengths as a scorer. Every time he catches the ball he’s thinking about getting buckets and throughout play on Thursday got just that. Matthews can score from all three levels with efficiency but is best from midrange after using a shot fake to run off a defender. He will need to learn to share and create at least a little to keep defenses honest but doesn’t want to lose the scorer’s mentality that fuel his production.
Dayshawn Watkins (Arkansas Wings 2013) – Matched up head to head with highly touted west coast point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Watkins dominated with the ball. He fast, strong, and aggressive attacking in transition but truly excels in the half court where his pin point passing setup everything that the Wings ran. I also loved the way Watkins talked on the floor leading his troops by barking orders and encouraging teammates.
Justise Winslow (Houston Hoops 2014) – Winslow defies position as the ultra talented wing spent time at both guard spots and both front court spots. His jumper is a weakness for now but that’s about the only one I could find in his game. Winslow attacks off the dribble, rebounds exceptionally well for his position, and has a point guard’s vision in a college small forward’s body. He’s an elite 5 star prospect who could be a program changer at the next level with his winning attitude and high end athleticism.
Clayton Custer (Mokan Elite 2014) – While Custer doesn’t pass the eye test in layup lines, he certainly shines once the ball goes up. He flashed 25 foot range on his jumper and a high basketball IQ in running the team from the point. Custer carried his Mokan Elite squad for long stretches against Houston Hoops and their cupboard full of high major guards. Not an elite athlete by any stretch, Custer fins other ways to have an impact and on Thursday night it was big time shot making.
Theo Pinson (CP3 All Stars 2014) – Fresh off receiving an offer from North Carolina in the last week, Pinson put on an offensive show in front of Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams. He has pro size for the shooting guard position and made some pro plays around the rim in his team’s easy victory. He had a two handed reverse dunk after driving baseline, and a two handed tip dunk that both looked like snap shots from the Vince Carter playbook. In addition to being an elite finisher, Pinson made some passes that would make NBA point guards jealous seeing angles and threading needles that don’t seem fair for such a young player.
Marcus Lee (Cal Supreme 2013) – The most athletically gifted big man in the 2013 class, Lee has explosive bounce and unusual length for someone who stands 6’9”. He is raw on the offensive end but his physical tools give him a scary ceiling if he’s able to put on some weight and improve his skill package. Lee’s athleticism also makes him one of the nation’s elite shot blockers. He is so quick and explosive off the floor that he’s able to wait for the offensive player to commit to shooting before leaving his feet. Thus Lee is able to avoid fouls by not biting on pump fakes, and sends shots into the third row with regularity.
Moses Kingsley (Arkansas Wings 2013) – Kingsley confirmed that he will be leaving New Albany High School in Mississippi and enrolling at Huntington Prep in West Virginia for his senior season next year. On the college front Kingsley first mentioned Louisville, Florida, NC State and Arkansas which seemed to be four schools on their own tier. He then added Mississippi State, Mississipi, Alabama, and “lots of SEC schools” but it seemed clear that the first 4 had an upper hand. Kingsley did stress that he is waiting until the end of the live period with the hope of picking up more offers before narrowing things down. He said that he’s always dreamed of playing for own of the traditional powers in college basketball singling out Kansas as a program that he would very much like to hear from. Kingsley is looking for a school that utilizes their big men and has a tradition of winning making it easy to see why he’d like to hear from the Jayhawks.
Dayshawn Watkins (Arkansas Wings 2013) – Given the amount of high major head coaches who watched him play so well on Thursday, Watkins’ recruitment appears poised to see a major spike in the near future. For now he holds offers from UAB, Dayton, Duquesne and Ole Miss with heavy interest from Butler. It will be interesting to see if one of these programs is rewarded for showing faith early or if a bigger name school will be able to enter the fold late and steal Watkins away.
Justise Winslow (Houston Hoops 2014) – The elite of the elite are in the mix for Winslow as he rattled off Duke, Arizona, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Houston, Florida, Oklahoma State and UCLA. Academics are important to Winslow as he plans to major in business and is looking for a school that can challenge both in the classroom and on the court. He also will favor whichever head coach he’s able to develop the best personal relationship with and can feel most comfortable with.
Clayton Custer (Mokan Elite 2014) – Every program needs elite shooters so it comes as no surprise that Custer is hearing from Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and basically “the entire Big-12 except Texas, Baylor, and Kansas.” He has also recently been contacted by Harvard as he is as strong in the classroom as he is on the hardwood.
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